Obituary of Mrs. Lucretia Edgerton
In this city, on the 12th inst. at the residence of Rev. J. Ballard, Mrs.
Lucretia Edgerton, in the 67th years of her age.
The deceased was born in Bennington, Vermont, and moved to Grand Rapids with family friends in the year 1838. She united with the church in Bennington in the year 1831, of which she was an exemplary and consistent member till her removal to this city. Being unusually retiring in her disposition, she was not generally known, but her intimate friends knew and appreciated her worth. She had an uncommon knowledge of human nature and was very skillful in reading character. Possessing an unusually sound and discriminate judgment, her counsels were highly valued by her near friends. During her last sickness, which was quite protracted, she exhibited the most unexampled patience, and seemed more anxious about making trouble for her friends than to have her own wants supplied. She was quite as willing to depart as to recover, and would often say, as she was so far on the downhill of life, that perhaps she might as well go then as ever. She had great reluctance against living to be a burthen to her friends. Her mind was clear to the very last, and on the morning of her departure, she spoke of the brightness of the sun and the sweet singing of the birds, and then exclaimed, "O, how good the Lord is; all my days He has crowned with His Love;" and after having sent messages of love to some of the absent members of the family, she sweetly fell asleep; we trust, in Jesus. What is the deep, deep loss of her friends, we believe, is her unspeakable gain.
Created: 29 November 2009